and increased usage means higher bills for customers at this time of year,
so NIPSCO is reminding customers of options and tips to improve their homeís
have access to a wide range of energy efficiency programs and rebates
designed to help manage energy usage, which often leads to bill savings:
* Rebates on energy
efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.
* Home energy
* Refrigerator and
freezer recycling incentives.
* Discounts on LED
A full list of
programs and tips to help manage energy use can be found at NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy
There are a number
of low-to-no cost options for customers to save each month:
* The biggest way
to save is to run your furnace less often. Set your thermostat two to four
degrees below what youíre used to. Wear heavier clothing to keep warm.
Change your air filters often throughout the season, as dirty filters block
air, forcing your furnace to work harder.
* Let the sun in.
Utilize the sunís energy to heat your home simply by opening drapes on
windows where the sun shines directly into a room. But when the sun goes
down, be sure to close your drapes so they can do the job of insulating.
* Seal up leaks.
Use caulk to seal leaks around windows and doors. Look for places where you
have pipes, vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling
or floor. If you find a small gap, seal it up.
* Donít block
registers or radiators with draperies, curtains, furniture or anything else.
Let the air flow freely.
* Your water heater
is one of the biggest energy users in your home, so use a shower timer.
Quick showers usually require less hot water than taking a bath. You can
also add a showerhead restrictor, so you waste less.
Billing and Payment
Customers who are
experiencing difficulties paying their bill are encouraged to call NIPSCOís
24-hour Customer Care Center as soon as possible to determine what options
might be available to offer help. Some of those solutions include:
Assistance: Based on income levels, customers may qualify to receive state
and federal utility assistance dollars as well as support funds from
separate NIPSCO programs by visiting their local community action agency.
* BudgetPlan: A
free service to all NIPSCO customers to help manage their monthly energy
bills by spreading out gas costs over an entire year.
Arrangements: Allows customers to make an initial payment within four days
of the agreement, then spread the remaining unpaid balance over three
months, plus current bills as they are due.
* DependaBill and
Price Protection Service (PPS): DependaBill provides a fixed monthly bill
with no annual reconciliation and PPS allows customers to fix or cap their
per-unit cost of natural gas.
* NIPSCO Choice
Program: Allows customers the opportunity to choose their natural gas
information on billing options and payment assistance, visit NIPSCO.com/BillingPayment